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Dairy Programs assists the dairy industry by providing stability and orderliness in the dairy marketplace, while at the same time assuring the availability of an adequate supply of high-quality milk and dairy products for U.S. consumption.

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Program Spotlights  

93rd Annual Collegiate Dairy Contest November 7th and 8th 2014!

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AMS once again proudly sponsored the annual Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest, November 7th and 8th at Northern Illinois University in Hoffman Estates, IL. The Contest represented the culmination of student training by college professors who are experts in dairy product evaluation. Students from 12 colleges participated, testing their product evaluation skills in 7 categories; Butter; Cheddar Cheese; Cottage Cheese; Ice cream; Milk; Yogurt and All Products. This year a student from the University of Tennesee won the overall individual championship, while South Dakota State University won the team title.


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Attention dairy exporters, shippers, brokers, and traders! You can now apply for EU Derogations, Raw Milk and Storage export certificates for dairy products using USDA's Electronic Trade Document Exchange (eTDE) System.

Expanding the American Brand

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AMS issued 37 percent more dairy export certificates this year, thanks to new programs developed with countries that import U.S. dairy products. In 2012, AMS issued dairy export certificates for goods going to more than 100 different countries, supporting the export of nearly 3.3 billion pounds of dairy products valued at more than $4.1 billion.

Programs and Services  

  • Dairy Market News
  • Dairy Product Mandatory Reporting Program
  • Milk Marketing Order Statistics
  • Federal Milk Marketing Orders
  • Dairy Programs Economics Research
  • Grading
  • Export Certification Programs
  • Standards
  • Dairy Equipment, Meat and Poultry Equipment Review Programs
  • Dairy Research and Promotion Program
  • Fluid Milk Research and Promotion Program
  • Qualification of Milk Marketing Cooperative Associations

  • In the News

    >>>November 25, 2014 -- USDA Seeks Nominees for National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board

    >>>October 29, 2014 -- USDA Extends Dairy Margin Protection Program Deadlines

    >>>Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-D) -- USDA's Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers the new Margin Protection Program for Dairy, which offers dairy producers different levels of margin protection, and the Dairy Product Donation Program, which purchases dairy products for donation in times of exceptionally low operating margins. You can find information about both programs, including the prices and formulas used to calculate the milk-feed margin at FSA's MPP-D website.

    >>>October 9, 2014 -- Secretary Vilsack Appoints New Members to the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board
    >>>Updated Questions and Answers Related to a Proposed Federal Milk Marketing Order in California (PDF)

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    Additional Information
      Milk Market Administrators' web sites  
      International Dairy Programs and Services  
      Dairy Forward Pricing Program  
      Fluid Milk Standards Study  
      Dairy Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC)  
      Industry Information Requests  
    See Also
      Dairy Publications  
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      Last Modified Date: 11/25/2014